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Former Asahan state assemblyperson Abdul Ghafar Atan passed away in Melaka Hospital at about 1.04pm today.

His son, Nor Halis Abdul Ghafar, confirmed the matter when contacted and said his late father’s remains would be laid to rest after Maghrib prayer at the Kampung Asahan cemetery.

Earlier, the media reported that the late Abdul Ghafar who was the former state housing, local government, and environment executive councillor was receiving treatment at Melaka Hospital's intensive care unit (ICU).

This is after he was found positive for Covid-19 last week. His health condition then worsened.

Meanwhile, Alor Gajah Umno deputy liaison committee chairperson Rospandi Leman described the demise of Abdul Ghafar as a big loss and recalled his contributions and service to the people and party.

"I also understand that he was put into an induced coma for 10 days when being treated before he took his last breath.

“The leadership of Alor Gajah Umno expresses its condolences to Abdul Ghafar’s family apart from appreciating and remembering his deeds especially in the division,” he said.

Abdul Ghafar first contested as a BN candidate in the 11th general election in the Gadek state constituency in 2004 and went on to defend the seat in the 12th general election in 2008.

In the 13th general election, the late exco contested the Asahan seat and defended it in the 14th general election.

- Bernama

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